Numurkah Primary School

30 November 2018
Issue Nineteen
From the Principal's desk
What's Happening?
Student Awards
Class Page - 56H
Student Wellbeing
Community Notices
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

From the Principal's desk

Last week I had the pleasure of joining the Year 3 and 4 students on their camp to Swan Hill. It was great to step back in time and learn how to churn butter, wash clothes the old fashion way, build a pig pen, send messages in morse code, make peg dolls and many other activities. The children displayed the school values at all times and a favourite memory of mine was simply watching the children play skippy with a rope they had made at the end of the day. 

Next Wednesday 5th December at 6.30pm in the school library we will hold a parent information session for parents of students in Years 3-6 who would like to come along and hear a little more about our Bring Your Own Device Program. This night will assist with your decision whether to purchase an iPad or netbook and provide an opportunity to have your questions answered. 


We have now finalised our staffing for next year and below I have printed a full list of our staff. Please note we have changed our leadership profile and we now have two leading teachers, with David keen to return to the classroom. Also we have appointed a new Science/Welfare teacher, Rohan Lelliott. Rohan joins us from Shepparton High School and has had considerable experience, leading the Wellbeing Team there for the last 7 years as well as teaching Science and Guitar. We have also made a significant investment in providing additional support for our students and will seek next year to provide support to all students who are below their expected levels in learning.


Staffing 2019

Principal – Debbie Oliver

Leading Learning Specialist - Curriculum/Literacy – Jacqueline Hope,

Leading Teacher - Numeracy/Sport- David Jenner

Well-being Coordinator – Rohan Lelliott

Business Manager – Ann Shephard

Administration – Danielle Sullivan

Speech Pathology – 4 hours per week Elizabeth Ruscoe

Intervention Coordinator– Denise Riordan

Intervention/Office Support - Trainees – Sarah & Shae

Intervention ES Staff – Kylie Jones, Deb McKeown & Jane Corso

Koorie Intervention – Krystin Mynard


Classroom Teachers

Foundation, Foundation/1, Year 1/ 2 & Year 2/3  

  • Sue Herlihy, Shantelle Hives, Mikaela Cottingham & Narelle Robertson

2 Year 3 & 4 –

  • Rob Smith & Julie Wilkinson

Year 4/5 & 2 Year 5 & 6 –

  • David Jenner, Jenny Sartoria & Jacqueline Hope

Specialist Teachers

Science – Rohan Lelliott

Art/Music – Michelle Davis

Library (Years 5 & 6)  - Debbie Oliver


What's Happening?

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday 5th December - 6.30pm BYOD Information Night

Thursday 6th December - Prep/1 Activity Evening

Friday 7th December - Dress Up as a Farmer Day

Friday 7th December - P&F Barn Dance/Hotdog lunch

Friday 7th December - Year 2 Sleepover

Tuesday 11th December - Orientation Day

Monday 17th December - Thank You Lunch

Tuesday 18th December - Year 6 Graduation

Thursday 20th December - Year 6 BBQ Breakfast & Final Assembly

Thursday 20th December - Reports Published on Compass

Thursday 20th December - Last Day of the Year for students

Friday 21st December - Pupil Free Day - Staff Planning for 2019

Dress Up as a Farmer Day

Come along to school dressed as a Farmer on Friday 7th November, for a gold coin donation.  All donations along with proceeds from the barn dance and profits from the hotdogs will be going directly to “Buy a Bale” charity to raise funds to help support Australia’s rural communities and Aussie farmers.


The kids will be taught some Barn Dancing and there will be prizes for the best dancer and best dressed. 


Students will alos be provided with popcorn and cordial at the Barn Dance.



2018 Concert DVD

There are still some copies of the Concert DVD available for purchase at the office for $12 each. 



Student Awards

Student of the Week - 16/11/2018

Prep/1S - Liam Pearson - For displaying all four school values. It's great to see you becoming more responsible for your belongings. Keep it up! 

Prep/1H - Jacob Warriner - For being a helpful and co-operative student. You bring a smile to everyone's face. We love having you in our class.  

2/3C - Brock Jenner - For a really focused and successful week. You have been a great role model. 

2/3R - Liam Young - Liam is a responsible, reliable student who is always keen to help others. 

3/4S - Kyron Cook - For a really sensible and focused week - well done Kyron! 

4/5W - Skye Young - Your research skills are improving all the time resulting in an accurate and well presented time line. 

5/6H - Tyson Hill - For working hard in math, looking at perimeter and area, and for his creative thinking/problem solving skills.  

5/6S - Jhett Eddy - For having a positive attitude as you competently guided junior students through a range of reading tasks. You have also shown great leadership when organising games during transition sessions. 

Maths Master Award -

0/1H - Harmony Jeanes

0/1S - Sonny Dunstone

2/3C - Olivia Tervit

2/3R - Mohammed Abdulamir

3/4S - The whole Spectacular Class!

4/5W - Keira Dekker

5/6S - Sarah Abdulamir

Student of the Week - 23/11/2018

Prep/1S -  Tamika Arundel - For being a wonderful mini teacher on Friday. You worked calmly and efficiently with your buddies. Well Done!

Prep/1H -  Jake Tervit - Amazing progress in your reading and word attack skills. Jake you are a hard worker and a respectful and responsible class member.

2/3C -  All grade 3s who went on camp. For following the school values and making me proud.

2/3R -  Haylee Broad - Haylee has completed a great week of independent quality work.

3/4S -  Chase Pollard - For showing excellent leadership skills with the younger boys in your room on camp.

4/5W -  Grade 4 campers - What a wonderful time you all had. Well done on following all the school values.

5/6H -  Jaxon Harvey - For approaching all tasks with a positive attitude and presenting all tasks with pride. You always strive to achieve your best. Well Done!

5/6S -  Jake Salter - For having a positive attitude as he helped students from 45W settle into 56S. He also showed leadership in the playground as he organised and invited other students to join in games.

Maths Master Award -

0/1H - Grace Johnson

0/1S - Liam Pearson

2/3C - Jaxson Stonehouse

2/3R - Jordan Cockerell

3/4S - Jacinta Holmes

5/6S - Keisha Broad



Currently many of our classes have signed up to use Epic at school. It is an American based online library that contains over 25,000 books. Students access it for free at school and are mostly reading the enormous number of non fiction books that are available. If you wish for your children to read these books at home there is an option where you can sign up for a monthly cost. This is totally optional. This week at school we reached a milestone, with children having read 250 books in the last month.


We continue to subscribe to Wheelers and this month children have borrowed 147 books. Books proving popular this month are: The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan and Roald Dahl books.


School Library

Seven Signs Series by Michael Adams is proving to be a very popular book series - with many of our Year 5 and 6 children borrowing the books over the last few months. Below is a review published on The Children's Book Council of Australia's Website on the first book in the series Skyfire.

Michael Adams,  Skyfire (The Seven Signs #1), Scholastic Australia,  July 2015,  192pp., $7.99 (pbk) ISBN 9781743628010

Seven talented and driven teenagers from around the world have been selected by trillionaire Internet King Felix Scott to form an elite group of young people committed to help make a difference in the world. They meet at the ceremony announcing their selection, then their lives are bound together on a quest as they come to realise that each of them has been sent part of a code that predicts an unknown disaster.

Set in the not-too-distant future, the technology is futuristic yet mostly recognisable – from modern day iphones to holographic computers and videos and ultra-sonic transport (still the domain of a relatively rich minority). The action is set over different continents and each chapter has the third person narration following the characters in one part of the world. The strong male and female characters are well drawn and nicely sketched in the opening chapter.  Adams uses description sparingly but well.

This first instalment starts smoothly as the story is being set up, and then it’s all systems go – action and adventure centring firstly around what seems like a local bullying and extortion scheme in LA then moving to attempted abduction and bomb blasts in Egypt.

Skyfire is well executed (especially the chase scenes) and well paced, containing engaging characters and an interesting plot. Kids who loved The Last Thirteen (from the same publisher) will be hooked.

As is expected from a serialised story over 10 instalments, the story is by no means resolved by the cliff-hanger ending – it’s only just beginning! The seven instalments will be released every couple of months throughout the year. This series will make compelling reading for action/adventure fans around 10 years of age and up.

Reviewed by Debra Tidball


Class Page - 56H

Working on Co-Ordinates

For the last few weeks the Year 5/6 students have enjoyed working on co-ordinates during maths sessions. 


Well done to Karli Gerdtz-Suffern and Angelina Crisara for the great effort they put into this activity. Karli designed the picture and Angelina created the co-ordinate pairs, which then enabled the Year 5/6 students to complete this memory folder activity.




Thank You!

The Parents and Friend committee of 2018 would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the students and their families for being so generous with kind donations and support with fundraising events through this past year. And to the people that have helped with planning and helping out at events your help was greatly appreciated.


Events such as:


  • Lightning Premiership
  • Athletics Day
  • Mother’s Day stall
  • Father's Day stall
  • Fete
  • 5 cent Challenge
  • Pie Drive
  • P.J Day
  • Barn Dance


Some parents have been asking what the money raised from our annual Fete and fundraisers gets spent on. This year, we have invested in these lovely goodies that will continue to bring in revenue for our school including canteen, sporting events and future Fetes.


With funds raised from these fundraisers the P& F have been able to purchase -


  • Popcorn machine
  • Deep fryer
  • Sporting equipment
  • Book Week prizes
  • 6 Trestle tables
  • Extension leads & power boards
  • Student chairs for the Library
  • Replacement Jacaranda tree


Under investigation:

  • Playground maintenance
  • Outdoor Game (Requested by students)

We will continue to share with everyone what all future donations are spent on. If anyone has any ideas where money could be spent, please join our Parents and Friends committee.


Your ideas would be happily welcomed.


Your ongoing support is very much appreciated.


Student Wellbeing

Head Lice

We have had a number of cases of Head Lice in the last few weeks. Please remember to check your child's hair regularly and treat appropriately. This includes follow-up treatment after 7 days to ensure the complete removal of all lice and eggs. Please see further information below about the life cycle of Head Lice and treatments. 


  • Head lice have been around for many thousands of years. Anyone can get head lice.
  • Head lice are small, wingless, blood sucking insects. Their colour varies from whitish-brown to reddish-brown. Head lice only survive on humans. If isolated from the head they die very quickly (usually within 24 hours).
  • People get head lice from direct hair to hair contact with another person who has head lice. Head lice do not have wings or jumping legs so they cannot fly or jump from head to head. They can only crawl.

Finding head lice

  • Many lice do not cause an itch, so you have to look carefully to find them.
  • Head lice are found on the hair itself and move to the scalp to feed. They have six legs which end in a claw and they rarely fall from the head. Louse eggs (also called nits) are laid within 1.5 cm of the scalp and are firmly attached to the hair. They resemble dandruff, but can’t be brushed off.
  • Lice can crawl and hide. The easiest and most effective way to find them is to follow these steps:

Step 1
Comb any type of hair conditioner on to dry, brushed (detangled) hair. This stuns the lice and makes it difficult for them to grip the hair or crawl around.

Step 2
Now comb sections of the hair with a fine tooth, head lice comb.

Step 3
Wipe the conditioner from the comb onto a paper towel or tissue.

Step 4
Look on the tissue and on the comb for lice and eggs.

Step 5
Repeat the combing for every part of the head at least four or five times

If lice or eggs are found, the hair should be treated. If the person has been treated recently and you only find empty hatched eggs, you may not have to treat, as the empty eggs could be from a previous episode.


Treating head lice

  • Treating head lice involves removing lice and eggs from the hair. There are two ways you can do this:
    • Buying and using a head lice lotion or shampoo, following the instructions on the product
    • Using the conditioner and comb method (described under ‘finding head lice’) every second day until there have been no live lice found for ten days.
    • If you choose to use a head lice product always read and follow the instructions provided with the product carefully.
    • The following points may also be helpful:
  • Head lice products must be applied to all parts of the hair and scalp.
  • No treatment kills all of the eggs so treatment must involve two applications, seven days apart. The first treatment kills all lice; the second treatment kills the lice that may have hatched from eggs not killed by the first treatment.
  • Cover the person’s eyes while the treatment is being applied. A towel is a good way to do this.
  • If you are using a lotion, apply the product to dry hair.
  • If you are using a shampoo, wet the hair, but use the least amount of water possible.
  • Apply the treatment near the scalp, using an ordinary comb to cover the hair from root to tip. Repeat this several times until all the hair is covered.
  • There is no need to treat the whole family - unless they also have head lice.
  • Concentrate on the head - there is no need to clean the house or the classroom.
  • Only the pillowcase requires washing - either wash it in hot water (at least 60 degrees Celsius) or dry it using a clothes dryer on the hot or warm setting.



Canteen Helpers

Monday 3rd December  - Junior School Council

Tuesday 4th December - Alex Sanderson

Wednesday 5th December - Melissa Hall

Thursday 6th December - Helper Required

Friday  7th December - Selyna Wilson

Monday 10th December - Toni Adams

Tuesday 11th December - Alex Sanderson

Wednesday 12th December  - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 13th December - Helper Required

Friday 14th December - Helper Required


Volunteers Required - 

Our school canteen, selling ice creams and icy poles,  is staffed by parent volunteers. If you would like to assist in the school canteen, a volunteer is required each day from 1:30pm - 2:10pm. 


We still require a parent volunteer on Thursday's, if you are able to help out please let the office know.

Canteen Menu

Our Canteen items and prices have remained the same as last year. A price list is attached below.


Lunch Orders


The Lunch Order menu has remained the same as last year. Please see the attachment below if you do not have a copy.



Community Notices

Numurkah Secondary College Awards


Show us Ya Wheels


Quilt Exhibition


Head Lice


Numurkah Primary School
School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf
Numurkah Secondary 2018 Awards Flyer.pdf